How Safe Are Social Networks?

Connie Mace, blog manager for the Northwest Christian Writers Association, picked my brain about social media marketing questions that perplex writers and authors. This is Part 3 of a four-part series.

Connie Mace:

Which social networks are the “safest” and how much personal information should an author share at a social site?

Laura Christianson: If you go with one of the “Big Four” social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube), you likely won’t experience safety issues unless you create an easily-hackable password or reveal more private information about yourself than you should.

Create a Strong Password

Creating a strong password is also essential. For tips about how to do this, read my blog post, “How to create a hacker-resistant password.”

Customize Your Privacy Settings

The Big Four networks — particularly Facebook and LinkedIn — allow you to customize your privacy settings, which most people neglect to do. Be aware that the default privacy settings for most social networks make most of your information public. So if you don’t want your birthdate, location, e-mail address or other information to display on your public profile, you must go in and change the settings.

My rule of thumb:

Don’t share anything about yourself online that you wouldn’t want anyone in the world to know.

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